WELLYWOOD or bust?

I’m not sure if you’ve been following the saga, but it’s pretty bloody tragic…

They want to erect a huge sign on the Miramar hills which says WELLYWOOD. Just like the Hollywood sign.

I have a few words for that:

  • lame
  • tacky
  • rip-off
  • embarassing
  • lame
  • so so so so so tacky
  • cringe

I really wish there was an article in the herald, because Stuff like to take their shit off their site within a few days and then charge you to use it. So I’ll just have to steal a few bits and pieces from them for “record keeping purposes”. ;)

Here’s what our mayor had to say, and I’m quoting from the stuff.co.nz article:

Ms Prendergast said the Wellywood sign was backed by Weta Workshop boss Richard Taylor and movie director Jackson.

“Peter was really clear about it being an exact copy of the Hollywood sign because he wanted it to be a send-up. He and Richard epitomise creativity and innovation in this city and I’m going to go with their judgment.”

MY GOD WOMAN, ARE YOU MAD? Just because Peter and Richard say it’s a good idea doesn’t automatically make it a good idea! She’s crazy. Copying the Hollywood sign is not “creativity” or “innovation”. It’s plagiarism lady! I hope she reads the fucking paper, because most of Wellington – if not all, bar a few crazies – want us to bin this idea before it’s even started. Unfortunately the land is privately owned by our airport and they want to do it, so they get the say. But as we own a huge stake in that airport – council does anyway – does that mean we may have a chance to stop this thing before it happens?

It’s just so cringe worthy. It’s been done to death by others (see the wikipedia article on the list of Hollywood inspired nicknames). We are so much better than that, surely?

But, if they do decide to go ahead, here is a better idea!

And an even better one is courtesy of Leon, he’s so creative ^_^

There are some beautiful quotes in the comments on the stuff website. Let’s steal a few!

They should put one over the Cake Tin too saying “Cake Tin” and one over the Beehive saying “Beehive” and one over Mount Vic saying “Mount Vic” and one over any other landmark they can find. Because signs are cool. Especially when they are big like that one in Hollywood.

Think about how useful that would be if you’re trying to get somewhere. Right on the hill over to the nui WAINUIOMATA, and then we could have more that say PAK N SAVE and in Kaiwharawhara one saying THE GORGE.

Wellington 20 years behind Mosgiel!

Ouch! :o

They should also put a garish massive neon sign at the entrance to Rotorua that says “Roto-Vegas” as obviously NZ towns don’t have their own identity and strive to be like the US.

Haha, Roto-Vegas. So true. Or a big sign on the hill going into Stokes Valley saying “Stokes Vegas”. That’s fantastic. If we’re gonna do this, let’s fucking DO IT DAMNIT!

Just so damn lame. really cringe-worthy stuff, im tempted to become a vandalist.

Me too man. Don’t worry, if this goes ahead everyone will be up there with their spray cans. The Warehouse and Mitre10 Mega will need bigger lists of paper to put spray can names down. So many of us will buy them that they’ll never know who did it.

And, we better have a pro-sign quote I guess.

“I think it’s a fantastic idea! Let’s celebrate Wellington’s amazing successes in the film industry! C’mon, get behind it, and put Wellington on the international map as an fabulous and vibrant destination!” Trish Bullard

Trish, you are fail. I bet you live in Auckland just want us to bum ourselves out.

Man, what are we going to do? I think we’ll all have to either move, turn into terrorists or just become vandals and rip the fecking thing down. :D

There are a couple of groups you can join if you want to get in on the fun. This one is the biggest: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=354085372690&ref=mf

I’m gonna go lolnesspants to myself for the rest of the week now! ;D

B xx

New Zealand SAS troops at war, and lookin’ DAMN hawt.

So the NZ papers have published a photo of our SAS boys in action. Whoah! OK, it was probably not a good idea to do. It gives us more publicity in evil places than we would otherwise have, and it breaches security we have around war-stuff. But I have to say that while they have threatened security they have also managed to actually inspire some patriotic feelings in NZers. That can’t be all bad can it? It’s a very, very, very rare thing for NZers to actually give a shit about NZ. And for once people are starting to be proud of something!! I can’t believe how many times I saw in the article quotes people saying “I’m proud to be a NZer”. That’s a huge thing!

I’ll put the photo up here once all the hoo-hah has died down eh? So you can see how smokin’ hot Willie looks in his SAS uniform with a big gun :O

[edit] Ok, here’s the photo. *drooooool* :o~~~

Photo by Philip Poupin.

I’m going to link this to the Herald, even though I’m gonna paste a whole lot of Stuff quotes. Why? Because Stuff are jip and get rid of their content and make it user-pays after a short time. And I wanna be able to giggle at these comments in years to come! ^_^

New Zealand Herald – Day at the office for SAS in Kabul

Stuff.co.nz – Apiata’s Afghan exploits revealed

GGG #161 10:44 am Jan 22 2010
I’m not into beards but…….. DAYAM thats hot!

ATom1746 #136 10:18 am Jan 22 2010
Oh man, that is a cool beard. Someone needs to set up a fan-site for Willie’s beard.

BSSS #117 10:01 am Jan 22 2010
surely he looks like zach galifianakis from the hangover.

Robb23 #116 10:01 am Jan 22 2010
He looks cool, keep the beard bro. Mad styles. I dont think the SAS is patrolling streets? so calm down. If hes out in the field he is a target, the photo doesnt change that. SAS arent presence, they are awesomeness, and they fly through flames with extreme facial expressions, guns blazing and beards ready.

BD #109 09:58 am Jan 22 2010
Holy heck – a definitive depiction of a BAMF if ever I saw one…

AC #108 09:58 am Jan 22 2010
Awesome photo – looks like Rambo!

Gary #39 09:03 am Jan 22 2010
Crickey, if I was a bad old Jihadist hell bent on destruction and Willie had to walk in, I would probably shoot myself than tangle with him or any of the SAS lads

Go the SAS

hektor #38 09:03 am Jan 22 2010
Nice freakin M4. where do I get one?

Rick #25 08:49 am Jan 22 2010
It’s the uniform and gun isn’t it, i’ve got to get me one of those…..

Damian #80 09:37 am Jan 22 2010
Is it possible to look any cooler??

Holey #77 09:33 am Jan 22 2010
He looks like one tuff mother . Go the NZ SAS

Mantank #45 09:09 am Jan 22 2010
Top pic for his facebook profile. He is a true Warrior.

Steve #17 08:44 am Jan 22 2010
Willie Apiata is a frickin Badass. He looks like something out of Call of Duty. Mad Respect for the NZSAS – They are the elite!

Kelvin2 #10 08:39 am Jan 22 2010
That is the face of a guy who you’d want on your side in a dark alley.

Even Chuck Norris would be afraid to take on “Mr Apiata, to you Chuckie boy”.

Haha, this was awesome:

ohdear #29 08:51 am Jan 22 2010
I was going to write something completely sensible then realised all I really want to say is I completely agree with Karen.

Karen #1 08:31 am Jan 22 2010
Willie APIATA is hot!!!!!!!!!!

and the very best.. sheesh who is this Michelle chick ;)

Michelle #13 08:41 am Jan 22 2010
Ohhh he looks so much better when he’s all in uniform and hairy. He’s a babe!